Czech by Numbers - Housing
You are listening to Radio Prague's special Czech language course Czech by Numbers which explores numbers and their usage in everyday Czech speech. Today we'll be looking at numbers to do with living and housing.
Then there is the size of the flat. If it is given in square metres it is quite understandable, but how about those strange numbers and acronyms? A foreigner has no way of knowing what a 2+1 (dva plus jedna) or 3+kk (tři plus ká ká) means. Well, the first figure always states the number of bedrooms, or rather habitable rooms with the exception of kitchen. The number 1 - jedna - or the letters after the plus sign specify the type of kitchen in the flat. The acronym kk or "ká ká" stands for kuchyňský kout - literally "a kitchen corner", that is a kitchenette.
Then you will probably like to know which floor your flat is on. In Czech the ground floor - přízemí - counts as zero and the one above is the first floor - první patro and so on. But real estate agents like to make things look nicer so they will call the ground floor první nadzemní podlaží - the first "above the ground" floor to make it sound more attractive.
Double glazing - dvojitá skla is something absolutely natural and has been as far as anyone can remember in this country but these days, especially in noisy cities, you may require your flat to have triple glazing trojitá skla to reduce the noise.
And that's all for today's edition. Next time we'll be back with some more Czech expressions using numbers. Till then goodbye, na shledanou.